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Measuring Pollutant Emissions in Maritime Transport

News ADEME june 19

ESTACA researchers mandated by the ADEME

The maritime sector is lagging behind in terms of pollutants (sulphur dioxide, nitrogen and fine particles) making controlling these emissions an essential environmental challenge. To obtain tangible data on the levels of pollutants generated by the French fleet, a research team at ESTACA has been asked by the ADEME to launch project CAPNAV (Characterisation of emissions of fine particles from ships) from September 2019. Over 3 years, this study will quantify pollutant emissions generated by maritime transport, eventually to propose technical solutions and new regulatory standards for reducing these emissions.

This is an ambitious project that meets a major environmental and health challenge.

Pollutants and emissions of fine particles from navigation are some of the most harmful. They can lead to heart and respiratory disease, causing premature deaths in the inhabitants of coastal regions. The CAPNAV project, led by ESTACA’s QUAD research team (Quality of Air and Depollution), and supported by the French environmental agency (ADEME), aims at finding solutions to this problem. From September 2019 for 36 months, teacher-researchers will apply a fine particle measurement method to ships that is similar to the one used in the automotive and aeronautics sectors.

Measurement System Tested on Brittany Ferries and Pen Ar Bed Ferries

Several French ship owners have agreed to participate in the ESTACA/ADEME initiative. The Breton company Penn Ar Bed (ships running on marine diesel), and Brittany Ferries, specialised in passenger ferries, are partners to the experiment. Onboard their ships, they will host ESTACA teacher-researchers, but also staff from the École Nationale Supérieure Maritime in Nantes (ENSM) and IMT Atlantique Bretagne-Pays de la Loire, also participating in the project, to conduct the necessary measurements.

This is the first time that onboard instrumentation will be used to quantify emissions in real-time and provide many parameters on the fine particles emanating from ships manoeuvring or tied up in port. Sensors applied directly on the ships’ stacks will estimate particulate emissions at their source. At the same time, ESTACA-led research teams will measure the impact of the emissions on the air quality on board the ships.

Finally, polluting emission reducing solutions will be assessed: the additional of additives to marine diesel and the use of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG).

Companies! It’s the moment to send us your challenges for the 2019-2020 school year!

News Challenges 2019--2020

Project-based teaching at ESTACA requires 4th and 5th year students to work on projects suggested by our industrial partners and companies.
Here is a presentation of this activity we are inviting you to participate in; this is an ideal opportunity for cooperation between students at the end of their studies and the corporate world.

For your company, it means:

  • A team of 4 to 6 students working on your subject / issue
  • Provision of a final report: in-depth analysis, technical study, external viewpoint, feedback, etc.
  • A means of detecting future engineer profiles for your staff
  • An opportunity to communicate about your business and develop your image as an Employer

If you are interested, please let us know by email including the completed proposal form to: Ingrid Mascle

We will be in touch in the days following receipt of your subject. Following a feasibility analysis by our teaching staff, we will be able propose your subject in the best possible conditions.

Sarah CROMER, ESTACA student, awarded the Ingénieuses'19 Prize

News sarah cromer may19

Sarah CROMER, a 4th-year ESTACA student, received the student engineer prize in the competition Ingénieuses’19 by the Conférence des Directeurs des Ecoles Françaises d’Ingénieurs (CDEFI).

For the 9th year running, the CDEFI is launching its communication campaign Ingénieuses to promote young women in science and technology and engineering careers. The campaign includes a competition to highlight initiatives by school, students and graduates in these societal issues.

Actively involved in associations since her first year at ESTACA, Sarah CROMER is currently a 4th-year student in the automotive option.

President of the ESTACA association PEGASE, involved in promoting the Sciences to young people in France, but also engaged in humanitarian missions in Senegal and Cameroon, Sarah is also active in the Jema by ESTACA project, a 100% student race team competing in professional motor racing championships in France.

During the Motor Show in October 2018, Sarah was selected to speak at the Mondial Women in front of 800 people in a TedxTalk format.

When awarding the Ingénieuses19 prize, Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation congratulated Sarah on her involvement in the association Pegase.

Quite a prize for a great career, that is only just beginning…